Style + Design
I just returned from judging entries for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “Discarded to Divine” fashion show fundraiser and went through 110 items in less than a couple hours. It’s a dizzying and fun experience taking in the array of women’s eveningwear, accessories, children’s wear and men’s wear ranging from on-trend and wearable to over-the-top Burning Man fabulous.
Beware the Ides of March? Not a chance. With spring in full effect, there’s no other place we’d rather be than out and about this weekend. Here are three stops on our list:
We love the thrill of the hunt as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want what you want when you want it. And this season, we want gorgeous, one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. Enter: Sasha Maksutenco, whose vintage finds are available on her new e-tail site sashamaksvintage.com and (in limited selection) at Russian Hill’s Anica boutique.
In need of a midweek dose of retail therapy? We sure are. Three local designers are offering their wares at serious discounts this week.
She-Bible: In preparation for the release of its forthcoming spring collection, this local label has put many of its cozy, go-anywhere pieces on sale and is offering an additional 25 percent off all online purchases today through midnight on Thursday. Just type the discount code snuggie into the coupon box and add your item to the shopping cart. You’ll also receive free shipping for orders over $100.
Name: Zoe Fisher
Occupation: Student at The Urban School of SF and Fashion Designer (Zoe Alexander)
Spotted: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1:15 p.m.
What, may you ask, stopped us in our tracks, derailed us from our afternoon lunch run and drew us into the Shotwell boutique downtown? These convertible silk wrap dresses by Please Dress Up!, the San Francisco label launched by indie designers Grant Doolittle and Judy Berbarian, who relocated to Paris in November. (Clearly our loss and Paris’ gain by the looks of their Spring/Summer ’09 Infinite Possibilities collection).
Just because you’re saying, “I do,” doesn’t mean you have to flounce down the aisle in tiers of tulle or waves of white satin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). That’s the idea behind this Thursday’s Operation Aisle Style, an invite-only alternative bridal fashion event taking place at the W Hotel (keep reading for your chance to score tickets).
Dressed in a body-con strapless black mini-dress, wide waist-cinching belt and plenty of chunky gold jewelry, Grammy-Award winning musician Estelle delivered a hot set on stage last night in front of a jam-packed crowd at San Francisco's Mezzanine. The Brit-born diva chopped it up with the crowd between numbers, dished about her ex boyfriend and danced hip-to-hip with fans she brought up to the stage for a high-energy performance that felt playful and personal.
We’re all for being fashionably late, but sometimes, it pays to be early. That’s a little piece of wisdom we’ve picked up recently from the bevy of San Francisco day spas and nail salons offering midweek and workday specials to those who can sneak in during off-peak hours.
A few of our favorite places to take attention-deprived cuticles and weary soles this month:
Fresh off the Oscars' red carpet, fashion expert, TV correspondent and InStyle magazine’s Style Spy blogger, Katrina Szish breezed through San Francisco for a recent society soiree at the downtown Martin + Osa store. We caught up with the bicoastal style maven over lunch and lattés to chat about her top trend picks for spring, the return of the shoulder pad, and advice on staying fashionably afloat in a tough economy.
What are your favorite Spring 09 trends?